When the Florida Legislature returns to the Statehouse on March 5, a proposal to return the secretary of state to an elected position has emerged for a fourth time in the Senate.
Florida’s sec. of state had been elected until 2003, when a constitutional amendment shrank the Cabinet from six members to three. It’s now a position appointed by the governor.
The bill is being sponsored – again – by Jacksonville Republican Aaron Bean, who argues it would avoid “awkward” situations and conflicts of interest in election disputes.